Westlife performance from P&O cruise ship singer stuns whole Burton street
Cruise ship singer Dean Stansby is used to performing in front of hundreds of people around the world. But he decided to entertain a crowd closer to home when he took to his doorstep to belt out a boy-band classic.
The versatile vocalist had his plans to perform on the maiden voyage of P&O's 5,200-passenger ship Iona curtailed by Covid-19. He had been due to perform alongside stars include Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley, soul singer Gabrielle and X-Factor performer Alexandra Burke. But dad-of-one Dean did not let the disappointment of missing out stop him indulging in his passion and he wowed his Stapenhill Street with a performance of Westlife's You Raise me Up.
Mr Stansby, who is 34, said: "I grew up in Stapenhill and my parents live in Stretton so when I was starting out I would perform anywhere and everywhere in Burton.
"For the past 10 years I've been lucky enough to perform on cruise ships and I was looking forward to performing on the Iona when the coronavirus outbreak happened. "With no work for the foreseeable future I've been at home and I've had many, many requests from my daughter Rose telling me 'daddy - sing; I think people will like it'."
Mr Stansby, who currently lives in Southport with his wife Jen, 32, and four-year-old Rose, said he decided he would use his talent to put smiles on people’s faces and performed, ‘You Raise Me Up’ in his front garden, to neighbours cheering and clapping for the NHS.
The top tune has been performed by many over the years, including boy band Westlife.
He said: "I supported Westlife on tour so I know the song really well and I thought it would be a good one to lift people's spirit.
"My niece Emily is currently working on the front line at Burton's Queen's Hospital and I have a lot of family and friends who are doing what they can to fight this virus. "It's a scary time so it was in honour of them."
Mr Stansby, who also sang 'Happy Birthday' in honour of to Captain Tom Moore on his milestone 100 thbirthday, said he was "overwhelmed" by the response. He said: "I was really surprised with the reaction, it was quite overwhelming. "I've had messages from Australia and America. It’s gone viral.
"It was lovely to get such nice feedback and people have been knocking on the door with requests so I'm going to be busy!
"I'm going to keep singing every Thursday to show my gratitude for all the NHS and carers who are doing their very best right now."
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